Barcelona, Jan 30 (EFE) .- The orchestra La Locomotora Negra has started at the Palau de la Música the farewell tour of a history of fifty years with a concert scheduled within the 52 Voll-Damm Festival de Jazz de Barcelona.
On January 31, 1971, a quintet called La Locomotora Negra performed in public in the old Cova del Drac on Carrer de Tuset.
Fifty years later, La Locomotora has become a powerful "big band" that has decided to say goodbye to the stage as a formation with a tour that, as long as the pandemic allows, will take place throughout 2021.
The first farewell of the year was last night at the Palau de la Música and at a jazz festival where they debuted in 1974 and where they have been performing year after year for 20 years in a row, often presenting new productions.
The emotional concert at the Palau de la Música was a journey through the history of La Locomotora and began precisely with one of the first songs that they composed as a quintet and performed by four of the five founding musicians: the pianist Tòfol (Cristòfol Trepat), the saxophone Tomàs González on sax, drummer Carles Gili and trumpeter and conductor Ricard Gili.
The rest of the members of the "big band" have been joining the tour: the trumpeter Ivó Oller, Arnau Boix and Miquel Donat, the trombones Marc Trepat, Òscar Font, Xavier Trepat and Víctor González, the alto sax and clarinet Lluís Trepat , the alto sax Albert Gassull, the tenor sax Toni Gili, the baritone sax Ariel Vigo, the guitarist Albert Romero and the double bass Jordi Casanovas.
Behind the reasons for the farewell of the popular band is its amateur nature and that almost all the members of La Locomotora are over 70 years old.
Coinciding with this last tour, the band will publish a heterogeneous album, with some unreleased songs and with collaborations from other musicians.